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Keep Your Brain Engaged With These Hudson Valley Online Classes During Quarantine

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Want to learn something new while social distancing at home? You only need a computer and Internet access to connect with the community and brush up on art, healing, writing, and more.

How’s your quarantine going so far, Hudson Valley? If you’re anything like the rest of the world, it might resemble something like this:

Day One: “This is great! I can work from home! In my pajamas!”

Day Five: “I miss my office. I miss my friends. I miss everything.”

Sound familiar? If self-isolating has you feeling restless AF, never fear. Across the Hudson Valley, local educators are going above and beyond to keep the community engaged through virtual classes, discussions, and workshops. From climate change talks and reiki sessions to an eight-week writing workshop, here are a few ways to keep your mind sharp and learn something new while you hunker down on the couch.

Climate Action Film Festival (CAFF): Online Community Screening & Online Discussion

March 26, 28, 30

Join the online webinar hosted by SunCommon and take part in the first annual Climate Action Film Festival. CAFF gathers a variety of short films focusing on solutions to the climate crisis. Watch a handful of selected films with other community members and be a part of the discussion for local climate action in 2020.

Distance Reiki Sessions

Dedicate time to healing the mind, body, and soul with 15-minute distance reiki sessions for $15 over the phone. Talk with a reiki master to receive stress-relieving healing power with lasting benefits. Group sessions are available free of charge. Book a session via email (Breathingbluereiki@gmail.com) to reserve your spot. 

Family Friendly Art with IncrediCon

Learn how to make free cartoon art with award-winning cartoonist and educator, Michael Grassia. Grassia will be streaming live YouTube videos. He will also be providing pre-recorded drawings and craft videos for young children. Grassia is dedicated to making art for the young and the young at heart, even indoors. See you online!

Free Online Dance Parties and Lessons at DiVa Dance Studio

DiVa Dance Studio takes dance classes to the next level by featuring live classes on social media. Put on your dancing shoes and step to the beat of ballroom, Latin, and belly dancing music. The best part about it is that classes are free for a limited time.

Pure Critique Writer’s Workshop

March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14

Join Peter Bricklebank from the Hudson Valley Writers Center for an eight-week online class.  Bricklebank offers multi-genre writing classes through Zoom teleconferencing for people who need feedback on their writing projects.

Live Inspired Virtual Classes

Poughkeepsie’s Live Inspired hosts free virtual fitness classes to keep you active and healthy during this period of isolation. Get in the loop about virtual class listings by signing up for the email list. Live Inspired emails links to scheduled virtual classes every day.

Memoir Intensive Online Class

March 28

Hop onto a one-day, four-hour virtual class via Zoom teleconferencing with Susan Hodara, a writing instructor from the Hudson Valley Writers Center. In it, you can learn everything there is to know about memoir writing. Whether you’re currently working on a piece or starting from scratch, you’ll be guided along with way with feedback from your instructor. You’ll leave this online class with insights about writing the perfect, one-of-a-kind story.

Online Puppet Making Lessons

Put on a video that your kids will love. Brad Shur of Poughkeepsie’s Paper Heart Puppets shares puppet making videos to entertain the little ones during this time indoors. Using easy-to-find materials, Shur’s first video is a do-it-yourself cardboard dinosaur.

Rainbow Body Online Yoga Classes

Relieve tension and stress through online yin yoga with instructor Tiffany Simoncini. Yin yoga is a deep style of yogic stretching that works on the connective tissue, joints, and muscles. As intense as this may sound, all yoga poses are done from the ground to make them approachable and effective. Classes are appropriate for all levels and start at $10.

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